Adult credibility is an often elusive but essential element.
There is often much testing of adult authority and boundaries. Be firm
but don't overreact.
Adults vary widely in their reaction to the wildness of some teen boys.
Teen boys behavior will sometimes flip-flop in different
contexts. Dont be surprised.
Adults can be helpful in guiding apparently chaotic behavior into
content for learning.
As helpful as men are as teachers, they may lack relevant experience and
training, and make assumptions that they can or cant do it. (Either may be true.)
Boys maturing in this post-modern world often have few older role models
for learning non-stereotyped behaviors. Protect those who take healthy
Adults can model how leadership is important ministry.
Adult male-female interactions in RE settings can be important role
models for impressionable teen boys.
Adults can benefit greatly from de-briefing together after activities.
If things are really out of hand, ask for help!
Ensure more than enough organization and planning, and be prepared to
Establish rules and consequences WITH youth. Be wary of imposing
Channel rebellious leaders into specific, often customized roles. Help
boys develop their own unique support network.
Invite in guest speakers who bring interesting talents, skills, and